Archive Material

Silverbacks - Archive Material
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2022 Ratings: #250 / 341
User Score
Based on 74 ratings
2022 Ratings: #288
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January 21, 2022 / Release Date
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Post-Punk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Dork
If Silverbacks’ intentions were to document the last 18 insane months through a tripped out art-rock record, their mission has been clearly accomplished on ‘Archive Material’.
80
God Is in the TV
Silverbacks have produced an album of depth full of twists and turns, shifting textures and sounds and all skill-fully woven together into a whole.
80
Gigwise
Faster, harder and more in-your-face than their debut.
80
The Irish Times

In lesser hands this could be mere sonic hagiography but Silverbacks instead tip the hat here and deliver a knowing wink there.

75
Paste

Listeners who come looking for that Irish post-punk band they liked will find it, but they’ll also encounter an added emphasis on sonic diversity and nuance, the smooth surface they’d committed to memory enriched by unexpected wrinkles.

70
Clash
A fascinating record, ‘Archive Material’ is another impressive step forward for Silverbacks.
70
The Line of Best Fit

Silverbacks’ Archive Material is a record that makes the best of a truly bizarre, banal, and jarring time.

50
DIY
A puzzling, and largely forgettable collection.
daltdisney
50

If you looked up “average” in the dictionary, this album would be pictured next to it.

NTTR
55

Silverbacks - Archive Material

Genre: Indie Rock
Country: Ireland

Final Verdict: 55% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 66th / 88

Highlight: They Were Never Our People

Made me think of:
Yard Act
TV Priest
Porridge Radio

Spectrum_Pulse
NR

So I was planning on covering that Yard Act debut album as a promising post-punk album that had some clever writing and sharp moments… but wow, if I hadn’t heard that same sardonic, mostly dreary UK approach dozens of time before cribbing from The Fall, Talking Heads, and a smattering of the flashier side of Britpop - it’s not bad, but it’s also safe, mostly unchallenging, and not quite as clever as it thinks it is.

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Added on: October 5, 2021